Nassib G. Ziadé

Nassib G. Ziadé is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA). Between July 2011 and August 2013, he served as the Director of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). Between 2007 and 2011, he was the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and between April 2008 and June 2009 was also the Acting Secretary-General of ICSID. He has also served as co-arbitrator or chair in numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in commercial, construction and investment matters.

Mr. Ziadé has extensive senior managerial experience in the administration of international legal proceedings and the development of international tribunals. He is an expert in private and public international law, international arbitration, international investment law, international administrative law, and the law of conflicts of interest. From 1997 to 2007, he served as the Executive Secretary of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal. In 1998, he was appointed as a member of the World Bank’s Grievance Process Review Committee, which reviewed and reformed the World Bank’s Internal Conflict Resolution System. He was involved in all subsequent reviews of the System through 2007. In addition, Mr. Ziadé advised the Government of Bahrain in 2002 on the establishment of its Constitutional Court. He has also advised several international organizations on the establishment and operation of their international administrative tribunals.

Mr. Ziadé is a member of the Board of Trustees and a Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA), and a former member of the Court of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), a member of the ICSID Panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators, and a Vice-President of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI). He also served as a member of the Conflicts of Interest Subcommittee of the International Bar Association (IBA) Arbitration Committee between 2012 and 2014.

Mr. Ziadé has been a Visiting Professor of Investment Arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law since 2010, and is a Visiting Professor of International Arbitration at the Faculty of Law of Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon and Dubai. He taught the settlement of international economic disputes as a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2011, and international arbitration and international administrative law as a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Chile and Heidelberg in Santiago, Chile in 2001 and 2004. In 2012, he delivered a course on “the independence of arbitral bodies established in the framework of international organizations” at The Hague Academy of International Law, and in 2013 conducted a workshop on arbitration at the Paris Academy for Arbitration Law.

Mr. Ziadé has published extensively in the fields of international law and arbitration law. He has organized several high-profile international colloquia, and is a frequent speaker on a diverse range of legal topics at international conferences. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. He is a Patron and a Counsellor of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and between 2007 and 2010 was a member of its Executive Council. Mr. Ziadé is also a member of the Société française pour le droit international, the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Comité français de l’arbitrage, and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He is the Founder and the General Editor of the BCDR International Arbitration Review. He was Editor-in-Chief of the ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal between 2007 and 2011, after serving for a number of years as a member of its Board of Editors. Since 1991, he has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of International Legal Materials, and since 1987 he has served as its Corresponding Editor for the Middle East. He is also a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Arab Arbitration.

Mr. Ziadé studied private and public law, international law, administrative and political science, and business administration at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, the American University of Beirut, Cambridge University and the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.